There are many women in the Highlands and abroad to recognise and celebrate this Friday (October 15), on the International Day for Rural Women.
This year's theme is "rural women cultivating good food for all".
Women play a vital role in land and resource management, food security, nutrition, agricultural production and building climate resilience in rural and regional areas.
The day was established by the UN General Assembly on December 18, 2007.
It is a way to recognise "the critical role and contribution of rural women, including Indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty," the UN Women website said.
The Southern Highlands Evening CWA State International Officer Sue Armstrong said women have been hit hard economically by the pandemic.
The site also stated that advocating for rural women and providing them with opportunities helps make the UN's Sustainable Development Goals like Zero Hunger and Gender Equality a reality.
According to 2015-16 data from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, women made up 32 per cent of the agricultural workforce in Australia.
Data from 2016 also showed that 23 per cent of Indigenous agricultural workers were women.
It also showed 41 per cent of agricultural workers with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds were women.
Women from CALD backgrounds were also "more likely to be employed as labourers" at 55 per cent, than non-CALD women at 27 per cent.
Ms Armstrong also mentioned it was important to acknowledge the role women in rural and regional areas play, but also that many across the globe live in poverty.